Only in Ohio: Shinto Exhibition is “Cleveland-Only”
By Mary Kleffner

Only in Ohio: Shinto Exhibition is “Cleveland-Only”

Renowned for both the quality and breadth of its extensive, 60,000-piece art collection, the Cleveland Museum of Art offers a variety of experiences for everyone – from art aficionados to those planning their first trip.

Immerse yourself in the museum’s newest exhibition, “Shinto: Discovery of the Divine in Japanese Art”, where you’ll find pieces spanning nine centuries. With more than 100 objects, the show features garments, calligraphy, paintings, folding screens, masks, sculptures, shrines and more – all a part of some of the best collections highly-regarded in both the United States and Japan.

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Only in Ohio: Shinto is “Cleveland-only”

The Shinto show offers objects on view that are extremely delicate and light-sensitive – lenders have agreed to loan these pieces on the condition the show would not travel to other venues – meaning you have an opportunity to see unique and exquisite artwork that you simply won’t be able to experience anywhere else in the world.

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A Long-Standing Relationship

The Shinto Exhibition continues the celebration and revitalizes the relationship between the Cleveland Museum of Art and Japan, a partnership that ties back to the early 20th century and then-Cleveland museum consultant, Langdon Warner. Warner, in combination with Howard Hollis and Sherman Lee, worked to showcase Japanese culture and art after World War II – something that has continued for decades. “Shinto: Discovery of the Divine in Japanese Art” is the newest and latest exhibition created with Japan. A number of works a part of Shinto are identified as Important Cultural Properties by the Japanese government.

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Shinto – “Way of the Gods”

Deities called kami have remained prominent in Japanese culture for centuries and have inspired a variety of Japanese art. Most recently, kami worship has been represented through a diverse body of rites known as the Shinto, or the “Way of the Gods.” The Shinto exhibition will feature works from the Heian period (794-1185) through the Edo period (1615-1868).

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The exhibition’s first rotation began Tuesday, April 9 and will continue until Sunday, May 19. The second rotation will run from Thursday, May 23 to Sunday, June 30.

Enjoy pieces ranging from costumes and shrines to paintings and masks, each depicting meaningful, historic kami veneration.

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About the Author

Mary is a graduate of Capital University, she studied Communication with an emphasis in Public Relations. She enjoys crafting, design, and spending time with friends and family.